Martin Scorsese Films

Tuesday, March 15 by Wendy Adams

Martin Scorsese is an award winning actor, director, screenwriter and producer whose films rank among the highest of all film makers as you can see from the following Martin Scorsese films. Scorsese is one of the most influential American filmmakers whose credits include “Raging Bull,” ”The Departed,” “Casino” and “Taxi Driver.”

  1. The Departed.” (2006) The winner of four Academy Awards for Best Directing, Best Editing, Best Picture, and Best Screenplay stars Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Action, violence and intrigue tell the story of opposing sides dealing with undercover infiltration and the effect it has.
  2. Raging Bull.” (1980) The winner of two Academy Awards for Best Actor (Robert De Niro) and Best Editing stars Robert De Niro as Jake La Motta and Joe Pesci as Joey follows the self destructive boxer Jake La Motta through his rise in boxing and his fall in his personal life. There is a brilliant performance by DeNiro.
  3. Goodfellas.” (1990) An Oscar went to Joe Pesci for Best Actor in a Supporting Role as Tommy DeVito in this film based on the true story of the rise and fall of mobster Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, who became a government witness and entered the witness protection program after a long career in the mob.
  4. Taxi Driver.” (1976) Nominated for four Oscars the story follows demented sleazy Vietnam veteran Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), who works as a taxi driver on the night shift. Bickle becomes obsessed to save Iris, (Jodie Foster) a teenage prostitute, and has an awkward obsession with the high class Betsy (Cybill Shepherd). It's intense and disturbingly brilliant.
  5. Cape Fear.” (1991) A remake from the original 1962 film, Scorsese’s vision of “Cape Fear” was even more intense and suspenseful. The story of a violent rapist stalking the attorney who sent him away torments the Bowden family as he seeks revenge. It is one of De Niro’s best and most disturbing performances. Scorsese included Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck, who starred in the original film, into the cast in a stroke of genius.
  6. Last Temptation of Christ.” (1988) Scorsese was nominated for an Oscar for Best Director in this film that follows the journey of Jesus Christ (William Dafoe) through his life from a young carpenter to his last moments on the cross. Based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis, it is quite a different story from the Gospel.
  7. Kundun.” (1997) Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film follows the life of Tibet’s fourteenth Dalai Lama (Kudun) from the age of two years old through ordeals including the invasion of the communist Chinese and his exile to Dharamsala. This film is a wonderful surprise for Scorsese fans.
  8. Casino.” (1995) Another Scorsese masterpiece is this epic story of greed, corruption and power as the mob moves into Las Vegas. Based on true events, it gives an interesting look into Las Vegas when it was ruled by mobsters. Starring Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein, Joe Pesci as Nick Santoro, Sharon Stone as Ginger McKenna, and James Woods as Lester Diamond. Be warned, there is excessive and graphic violence mixed with the glitz and glam of old Las Vegas.
  9. Color of Money.” (1986) Fast Eddie Felson of “The Hustler” fame is back as the mentor for cocky upstart Vincent Lauria and his girlfriend Carmen Paul Newman is superb.
  10. The Aviator." (2004) This Scorsese film won five Oscars for Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Editing, and Best Supporting Actress. The story follows young Howard Hughes through his Hollywood Director years and his romances with Ava Gardner and Katherine Hepburn.